DAF Vice Chair (Chapters Liaison); DAF-Toulouse Member-At-Large

I'm a founding member of the Toulouse Chapter, set up during the GWBush administration, as the war on Iraq was mobilizing Americans across the globe. For many years I was Chair--and have come back to this role as the Trump Administration is a clear and present danger to our nation. All hands on deck!

I was the prime mover behind the worldwide "Bridges for Obama" campaign when he first ran for the nomination in 2008. More recently I edited the 50th anniversary book for Democrats Abroad and am admin on both the DA Toulouse and DA France Facebook pages.

I'm a lifelong Democrat. I worked with former Governor Pat Quinn in Illinois on progressive democratic reforms back in the seventies. I served as deputy press secretary to Daniel Patrick Moynihan when he ran and won his Senate Seat. Before moving to Europe in 1987, I lived in Manhattan and worked in TV news, mainly as a writer and producer for ABC News, writing for Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldson and Hughes Rudd.

My British husband and I moved permanently to our home in the Tarn in 1999. 


  • GLOBAL WOMEN’S CAUCUS “WOMEN TO WIN” CANDIDATE FORUM

    Meet some of the amazing Democratic women running to flip red Congressional seats BLUE!

    Join the Global Women’s Caucus for our “Women to Win” Candidate Forum.  Four candidates will speak with Democrats Abroad about how important it is for Democrats to keep the House in 2020 and what their priorities are for governing. They are running in Michigan, Texas and Georgia, all states Democrats can win, not only in these districts, but also key Senate races and Biden as well!   They need our help to take these seats and advance crucial Democratic policies in healthcare, climate change, racial justice, economic equality and others listed in the DA 2020 Platform.

    The candidates joining the July Forum are:

    Wendy Davis, a longtime Texas advocate running to bring the fight for gender equity to the House. Davis made international news with her 13-hour filibuster protecting women’s healthcare in the Texas State House, and now she’s campaigning on behalf of everyone in Texas, and the country, who has been left behind and needs a champion.

    Gretchen Driskell, a former mayor running a determined campaign in southeast Michigan. Driskell served for 14 years as mayor of Saline, the first female elected to the position, before winning a seat in the Michigan House of Reps. Having knocked 25,000 doors in her constituency over the years, Driskell recognizes the priorities: universal healthcare, sustainable jobs and a  strong public education system.

    Carolyn Bourdeaux has spent her entire career in public service, starting as a Congressional staffer, then going on to earn a doctorate in public policy. While teaching public policy at Georgia State, Carolyn took 5 years off to serve as Director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.  This is her second run in the 7th District, having lost in ‘18 by 433 votes after a recount and a court case!  This year, Carolyn won her primary (in what is now an open seat) with a tripling of the Democratic turnout.  She sees racial justice and the meltdown of healthcare, aggravated in this pandemic, as key issues for voters in this district.   

    Gina Ortiz Jones ran in TX-23 in 2018 and came within just 926 votes of defeating Will Hurd who subsequently announced his retirement.  Gina is a first-generation American, raised by a single mother who came to the United States believing in the promise of a better future. Gina earned a ROTC scholarship  and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Iraq under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She subsequently built her career in national security including serving under Obama.  Gina returned to San Antonio to help care for her mother who was fighting cancer. Gina knows that we need a leader standing up for the issues that can make a real impact on people’s lives. That’s why she’s stepping up to serve her country and her community again by running for Congress.

    Please join us to learn about how you can help these amazing women win! RSVP to receive the information for joining this virtual event.  And read more about the candidates in the recent interviews on the DA GWC Candidate Information Action Team webpage:  www.democratsabroad.org/wc_cia_team 

    If you have questions for the candidates, you can send them in advance to womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org. Please use the subject line “Women to Win Forum - question”.

    Location Local Event Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada 9:00 PDT
    Minneapolis, USA 11:00 CDT
    Washington DC, USA 12:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 17:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 18:00 CEST
    Nairobi, Kenya 19:00 EAT
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:00 GST
    Bangkok, Thailand 21:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 22:00 CST

     

    WHEN
    July 21, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
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  • donated via 2020-06-08 14:51:04 -0400

    Join Howard Dean and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Get Out the Vote"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 
    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.
    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.
    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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    Join Robert Reich and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Campaign to

    "Call the World"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 

     

    DA members from across the globe will be calling voters to secure their ballots but they need your help: giving today guarantees that we have the resources we need to win at the state level, take back the Senate, and remove Donald Trump in 2020. Give today!

     

    Any questions about Democrats Abroad Call the World, please contact calltheworld@democratsabroad.org

     

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  • Former Toulouse Chapter Chair now Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France

    In the country committee elections this month, former Chair of Democrats Abroad Toulouse, Meredith Wheeler, was elected to the role of Vice Chair of DAF, specifically charged with Chapter Liaison.

    Meredith remains on the local Toulouse Leadership group too--and indeed she was one of the founding members of the chapter in 2003 (we're celebrating our 15th anniversary). 

    Her first opportunity to cast a vote as a member of the DA France team came last week in Washington D.C., at the Global Meeting of Democrats Abroad. She was part of a large delegation of DA France members who attended, led by the new DA France Chair, Ada Shen.

    Here's the entire delegation: Front row--Meagan Lopez (Vice Chair of the Paris Chapter), Ada Shen (Chair of DA France), Meredith Wheeler (Vice-Chair, DAF)  Back row--Salli Swartz, Alex Rehbinder, Kaitlin Hickey, Joe Smallhoover (International Counsel for DA); Connie Borde (DNC member representing DA).


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  • @MeredithWheeler tweeted link to Donate. 2020-05-16 07:11:36 -0400
    Just made a donation to Democrats Abroad--part of the EMEA challenge to meet and exceed what our colleages in Asia-Pacific achieved today! https://www.democratsabroad.org/donate?recruiter_id=124754

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    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for upcoming elections, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we will make the difference in 2020!

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    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.

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Vice Chair, DA France and founding member and ExCom member of the Toulouse Chapter--Votes in Manhattan, born and raised in suburban Chicago, Stanford alumna